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No evidence of car failure in Grosjean’s Russian GP crash

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No evidence of car failure in Grosjean's Russian GP crash

No evidence of car failure in Grosjean’s Russian GP crash

Romain Grosjean race through the high speed turn three at the Sochi during last race, the Lotus speedy lost control and crashed into the barrier, wrecking much of his car.

Thankfully, the Frenchman walked away without any injury, and he was quick to pay tribute to the high safety standards in Formula 1.

Lotus technical director Nick Chester revealed that the team could not find any evidence that a car failure caused Grosjean’s spectacular crash at Sochi.

“There is no indication in the data and in the parts that anything broke and subsequently caused the accident,” said Chester in a team preview.

“It isn’t easy to draw conclusions in any accident investigation but it looks like Romain was maybe a little bit close to the McLaren and lost some downforce, running out of grip effectively. There is nothing that we can see that makes it a car failure.”

“It is quite significant but still the car stood up well to the impact. The right hand side of the car suffered the damage – front and rear suspension right hand side, the nose, the rear wing, crash structure. We haven’t seen anything however that should stop us getting the car back together.

“Any work that needs carrying out on the cars is done at the track now until Abu Dhabi; this means that the mechanics will be busy in Austin rebuilding Romain’s chassis.”

Grosjean has revealed that his crash during Russian GP was so severe that it broke the seat on his Lotus E23 Hybrid car.

“I’m feeling pretty good, especially considering the force of the impact – I broke my seat!” Grosjean revealed.

“It was my biggest impact for quite a while and when I knew I was going to hit the wall I took my hands off the wheel, closed my eyes and braced myself.

“It’s a testament to all the safety inherent in the car and the other safety devices, so a little thank you to Bell, HANS, Enstone, the circuit, the FIA and the marshals and medical personnel. Also a big thank you to my crew who had to pick up the pieces and put the car back together.

“We certainly had potential to be in the points, even after having to make a first lap stop to get a new front wing.”

Grosjean has now turned attention to next weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, where he is sure to enjoy a great deal of support ahead of his move to American outfit Haas F1 Team for 2016.

“It’s amazing just how quickly this season has passed, even if it’s seemed a long, hard slog at times,” Grosjean said. “We head to Austin, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi and then it’s done! The season goes so quick. I’m certainly aiming for the best finale possible for Lotus F1 Team.

“At the moment, the part of America I know the most is Austin for the Grand Prix, and it’s a place that I – and I know, my crew, as well – really like to visit. Of course, the USA is such a big place which I would love to explore more and I’m going to get that wish fulfilled pretty soon.”

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